Meet the Staff
- Devra Weiss, President
- Jeff Metz, Executive Director
- Stephany Yoabav, Camp Director
- Suzanne Feigenson, Chair
- Alex Silver, Chair
- Matt Horelick
- Holly Howard
- Wendy Riback
- Brian Siegel
- Melissa Weinstein
Safety and JCC Staff Training:
A camp program is only as good as its staff, so we recruit counselors who inspire our campers by serving as personal coaches, supporters and role models. All counselors participate in a comprehensive, rigorous orientation and in-service training program designed to help them be the best they can be. Our program director, unit leaders, head counselors and specialist are professional educators who mentor and supervise counselors and serve as a direct parent liaison, available for consultation upon your request. All Early Childhood staff are required to pass a National Criminal History background check and must be trained and certified in CPR and First Aid.
Meet our new Camp Director Stephany!
Stephany Yoabov comes to the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada with over 15 years’ experience with camps, kids, teens, management and mental health. For several years Stephany managed day camp, therapeutic recreation, and inclusion programming for City of Henderson Parks & Recreation. She managed multiple sites with over 30 staff and approximately 100 participants at various recreation centers & excursions simultaneously.
Stephany then transitioned into a director position managing multiple group homes for children and adults with disabilities. In the medical & behavioral health field, Stephany has developed and executed programming for adults and children of all abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, neurological disorders, and SED/PTSD. She has specialized in Positive Behavior Interventions and inspires youth to learn, grow, and explore. Working in this field was rewarding, however she longed to return to the camp environment.
Stephany has always had a strong appreciation for camp and outdoor recreation. She then accepted a leadership position with Kama’aina Kids, a nonprofit kids program on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. On the island she led hikes, sleep away camp, as well as High Ropes and Low Ropes Courses at Camp Timberline. In addition, she led the Military Strong Bonds Program in various areas of the island, as well as kayak & snorkeling tours at Heeia State Park on Kaneohe Bay where Gilligan’s Island was filmed.
Stephany has since found her Basherit, Stan, and started her family. She cherishes time with her two children, in whom she is instilling a love for Judaism and Jewish values. After her recent trip to Israel, Stephany is excited to begin her journey as the Family, Youth, and Camp Director for the JCC of Southern Nevada. She looks forward to leading the JCC into its 23rd year of Camp K’helah at its beautiful new campus, The Meadows School. Under Stephany’s leadership, Camp K’helah will continue to be a fun, vibrant and nurturing community steeped in Jewish values and traditions. Camp will build on the traditions campers and families have loved for the last two decades while expanding into new programs that are enriching, exciting and help campers gain 21st Century skills in our fun summer camp environment.
“Your staff sets a good example for our children, allowing them to enjoy all the activities camp has to offer while continuing to focus on camaraderie and teamwork.”
Meet Emma Gould – JCC Program Coordinator and BBYO City Director. At Camp K’helah this summer, Emma will work with the LIT and CIT programs as well as coordinating all Fun Friday activities. Emma has a great background in Jewish camp programming and working with tweens and teens.